January 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

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Prosecutors said state police found a laptop a year ago at Boucher's former home in Ware that contained video showing multiple rapes of a young girl. Prosecutors said Boucher told police he used file-sharing programs on the Internet to get images of sex acts involving children 12 to 15 years old.

Boucher was sentenced in 2001 to five years' probation and six months home detention after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.


Suspect in bank heist caught hiding in bank across street

Littleton police say a man suspected of robbing a bank in town tried to elude police by hiding in another bank right across the street.

Deputy Chief Matthew King said 25-year-old Christopher Grannis fled Northern Bank & Trust with an undetermined amount of cash just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A bank employee reported that Grannis was seen sprinting across the street.

King told The Sun of Lowell that it took just minutes for officers to locate Grannis inside the Citizens Bank on the other side of the road. The stolen money was recovered.

Grannis was charged with unarmed robbery, witness intimidation and resisting arrest.


White Mountains museum gets gift of 6,000 volumes

As it prepares to open next month, a museum dedicated to New Hampshire's White Mountains has received a 6,000-volume collection of books, maps and historical material.

The donation to the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University comes from Jack and Anne Newton of South Natick, Mass., who said they want the public to enjoy and understand the region's history.

The couple started collecting White Mountain material in the 1960s, when they acquired an old farmhouse property in Lancaster, which Anne Newton's ancestors helped settle in 1816. Jack Newton, who served in leadership positions with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Mount Washington Observatory, said he used to visit book dealers on the lookout for obscure items.


Woman denies accusation that she bit her daughter, 2

A woman accused of biting her 2-year-old daughter in the shoulder because the child had bitten her has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and child cruelty.

A police officer said he saw distinct teeth marks on the child's shoulder and asked the mother, 20-year-old Christina Crandall of Bennington, what happened. Crandall denied biting the girl.

The Bennington Banner reported that Crandall's boyfriend, Michael Darby, said Crandall told him she had bitten the child because the child bit her first and she wanted the child to know how it felt.


Court to hear group's claim against Vermont Yankee

In a rare legal proceeding, the state Supreme Court is to hear arguments that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is continuing to run in violation of a 2002 order by the Public Service Board.

The anti-nuclear group New England Coalition is asking the court to intervene in what it says is plant owner Entergy Corp.'s disobedience of the board order that allowed Entergy to buy Vermont Yankee.

A memorandum of understanding agreed to by Entergy and the state was incorporated into the board's decision as a condition that Vermont Yankee would shut down if it didn't have a new state permit by March 21, 2012. The plant continues to run without a new permit.

Entergy has argued it was blocked from getting the new permit by interference from the Legislature.


Governor vows to veto bill raising beer tax by a dime

Gov. Maggie Hassan is pledging to veto a bill to raise New Hampshire's beer tax a dime if it reaches her desk.

Hassan told reporters Wednesday the discussion should be about jobs and the economy and now is not the time to raise the tax, especially with the New England Patriots possibly headed to the Super Bowl.

The tax currently is 30 cents per gallon and paid at the wholesale level. State Rep. Charles Weed, a Keene Democrat, proposes designating receipts from the increase to alcohol abuse and prevention treatment.


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